Episode 115 - Where is Ant-Man when you need him? (Amazing Spider-Man #10) -- March 1964
In this episode:
Mike and Ed discuss the rise of organized crime in the city, and the fact that Ant-Man (as Giant-Man) does not seem to care. Spider-Man has become involved, but is that only because he was falsely accused of leading the crime syndicate? Would he be helping out if it wasn’t in his direct interests? Also, can we trust the Daily Bugle anymore, or will they change their ways now that their reporter/columnist has been outed as a master criminal?
In this issue:
Spider-Man is attacked by criminals led by a mysterious man in a mask known as the Big Man, although he escapes. This is the lead in to our introduction to the Big Man, who has a crew which includes 3 men known as the Enforcers, ordinary men with extraordinary skills. The Big Man’s crew is on a crime spree, and Spider-Man investigates, leading to him fighting the Enforcers and, surprisingly, barely overcoming them. Meanwhile, the publisher of the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson, is having his columnist Mr. Foswell write articles claiming that the Big Man is actually Spider-Man. This obviously is not true. In any event, Spider-Man again takes on the Big Man’s crew and defeats them, although the Big Man is not caught. At the end of the issue, the police arrest none other than Mr. Foswell, who was the Big Man all along.
This episode takes place:
After the Big Man has been cut down to size.
Assumed before the next episode:
People are starting to wonder if the Daily Bugle is needlessly biased against Spider-Man, and whether masked vigilantes can sue for defamation.